New Look for the Winter Garden

The New Winter Garden Design. Courtesy Brookfield

Talk about a great public space, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center seems to have it all.   A sudden and much welcomed break from the chaotic streets and hectic bustle of city life, Caesar Pelli’s amazing garden slows down the pace of a passerby’s day for just a second as one may steal a glance of the river, read under palm trees or relax on the grand marble stairs.  This space is so meaningful that it was one of the first things rebuilt after the attack on the World Trade Center back in 2001.  Yet, according to the New York Observer, Brookfield Properties, the owner of the World Financial Center, has proposed a redesign of the winter garden, including the removal of the beloved steps.

More about the proposal after the break.

Coopers Beach House / Tim Dorrington Architects

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Architects: Tim Dorrington Architects
Location: Far North,
Builder: Bradbury Builders, Coopers Beach
Proyect Year: 2007
Project Area: 277 sqm
Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington

One Roof Apartment / Akihisa Hirata

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Architects: Akihisa Hirata
Location: Niigata,
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Toshiyuki Yano

IJhal Competition Winner / Wiel Arets Architects

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The competition for the IJhal in Amsterdam announced its first place winner, Wiel Arets Architects, on 8 October, 2010. The project will entail the construction of a pedestrian-centric area adjacent to the existing in Amsterdam along the waterfront.

The new addition will act as a synthesis between Amesterdam North and the rest of the city, which historically has been seperated by the River IJ.

More images and information after the break.

Hangzhou Xintiandi Factory H / Serie Architects


In an adaptive re-use project, Serie Architects, Grimshaw of London and Pysall Ruge Arkitekten of Berlin were asked to renovate four factories in that would form a new urban core for the city center.  For Serie’s factory, the firm decided to preserve the unique16 ft tall main hall of the factory and to “accentuate the industrial drama of this massive void by restoring the concrete truss roof structure and by bringing additional light down through a newly glazed lantern.”  The design truly feeds upon the existing conditions, as the newer programs are situated on a large plinth, respecting the historic presence of the factory.

More about the project after  the break.

AD Round Up: Leisure Part V

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Want to go to a bar? Beauty salon? Perhaps a Center for Yoga? Some relaxing Spa? Check our 5th selection of previously features leisure projects after the break.

Ganesh Club / Pormenor Arquitectos
PORMENORarquitectos® were invited to integrate a bar into a natural environment. As a limit, beside the standard local legislation, 3 milion euros were the budget. Embracing the fact that an equipment of such nature urges to become a great atraction and needs to influence a wide spread area, the concept pointed the design towards a powerfull object, massive and strange, growing from the mountain (read more…)

Raffles City Ningbo / SPARCH

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International architecture practice SPARCH shared with us their new mixed-use development Raffles City Ningbo, consisting of an office tower, a residential tower and a retail podium. It is located to the east of the Yuyao River, within the Jiangbei district, next to the Ningbo historical downtown, . More images and architect’s description after the break.

Kaohsiung Competition proposal / STL

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With the intention of framing a new cultural center within the iconic identity of City, , STL has designed a complex program that will revive the cultural atmosphere of the city for the Kaohsiung Competition which is to be submitted by January 10, 2011. More images and architect’s description after the break.

House In Ekali / Architect Thanos Athanasopoulos

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Architects: ArTA | Architect Thanos Athanasopoulos
Location: Ekali, ,
Type Of Project: Single family house
Structural Engineers: Michael Athanasopoulos, A. Karagiorgos
Client: Tania Kostala, Manolis Fthenakis
Gross internal floor area: 370 m2
Lighting consultant: Dimitra Kamba
Proyect Year: 2010
Photographs: H. Louizidis

Video: Auditorium and Convention Center of Aragon / Nieto Sobejano

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The Auditorium and Convention Centre in Expo 2008 located in Zaragoza, was designed by architects Nieto Sobejano.  A fractional and varied profile – ascending and descending – the building’s exterior expressed the different spaces housed in its interior and introduced a large amount of natural light into the exhibition areas.  Three main blocks house an auditorium, a multi-purpose pavilion, and modular halls will be connected to each other via a large common vestibule which links the different areas.

Video: Studio Banana TV

‘Prefab-ulous’ Classrooms Ease Disruption of School Renovation


As if learning in the classroom weren’t challenging enough, school renovations can disrupt teachers who are trying to teach and kids who are trying to learn. Too often during a renovation project, students are displaced into shaky mobile-home-style classrooms and/or packed into gyms and music rooms.

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Recent Oregon graduate Kris Celtnieks has an answer for these problems. His full-size pre-fabricated temporary school building would be a middle ground between stable, permanent space and the shanty feel of mobile classrooms. His buildings would be quickly assembled on vacant spaces near schools under renovation, providing learning-friendly space with good acoustics, pleasant lighting, and a solid framework. They could be quickly configured to the site and sized for enrollment. When renovations are complete, they could be disassembled and infinitely reused. As conceived, they feature a fabric roof, adjustable microclimate, and a self-contained waste-processing system.

Residential Building in Cagliari / Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects

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Architects: Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects
Location: (Sardinia),
Project Area: 3,000 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2010
Photographs: Giorgio Marturana

Griffintown Interrupted Competition

Griffintown Interrupted is an international ideas competition which invites speculation on the value of the temporary, the urban promise of postindustrial lands, and the possibility of dynamic, incremental architectures.

Submit a proposal for a temporary, flexible and disassemblable structures on one of five sites across Griffintown, an evolving district in Montréal, . Finalist proposals will be featured in a digital exhibition and digital publication exploring the potential of indeterminacy in urban transformation.

Deadline is November 10 at 11:59 pm. Visit the competition’s official website for more information.

Video: Santa Caterina Market / EMBT Associated Architects

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The Santa Caterina Market is ’s oldest market, built in 1848.  Nearly the entire market was recently renovated by Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue of EMBT Associated Architects.  The very expressive arc roof, mosaic tiled designed by artist Toni Comella, displays vivid colors and figures that represent vegetables and fruit.

Video: Studio Banana TV

V Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Dutch architects Wiel Arets Architects, have won the 2011 ContractWorld Award for the V Tower in , The Netherlands. Architect’s description and additional images after the break.

Woodbridge12 Condominiums / SPF:a

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Architects: Studio Pali Fekete
Location: California,
Designer: Zoltan Pali
Project year: 2010
Photographs: John Edward Linden

AU Office and Exhibition Space / Archi Union Architects Inc

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Location: Jungong Road, Shanghai,
Project Area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs:  Sheng Zhonghai

House In Poznan / Neostudio Architects

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Architects: Neostudio Architects
Location: Poznan,
Project team: Bartosz Jarosz, Pawe≥ åwierkowski
Interiors: Bartosz Jarosz, Pawe≥ åwierkowski, Magda Nowak
Structural Engineer: Marcin Bielecki
Client: Private
Project area: 224 sqm
Design year: 2008
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Pawe≥ åwierkowski